Report: FIFA to investigate Manchester City, Italian racist claims

Monday July 28th, 2014

FIFA will investigate claims from Manchester City that Seko Fofana was racially abused during a match in Croatia, Mike Keegan of BBC Sport reports.

During a U21 game on July 22, manager Patrick Vieira took his team off the pitch after Fofana complained of the racial abuse.

This comes after reports that Carlo Tavecchio, the favorite for the next president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), made racist remarks about African players.

A FIFA spokesman said they are aware of the alleged incident in Croatia, and FIFA has asked both the Croatian Football Federation and FIGC to investigate the incidents. 

From BBC Sport:

"We are in contact with the relevant member associations to enquire and monitor the situation," a FIFA spokesman said. "We will be in a position to further evaluate the matter, once we gather all the relevant information."

With regards to Tavecchio, a FIFA spokesman added: "Media reports concerning alleged racist comments by one of the presidential candidates for the Italian FA have alerted FIFA's Task Force against racism and discrimination and its chairman Jeffrey Webb.

"As such, FIFA has written a letter to the Italian FA asking it to take the appropriate steps to investigate and decide on this matter and report to FIFA."

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